One of the rarest phrases I have heard in Cambodia is “Thank you”. I have literally provided millions of dollars of assistance to Cambodians over the last fifteen years. I can count the number of times that I have been told thank you. On December 25, 2009 the Governor of Banteay Meanchey publically expressed his gratitude to Noit and I for our efforts to help the children.
What makes a superhero? Of course, in our fantasy world, the most important thing is the fancy costume, huge muscles and tights. But all superheroes have characteristics which make them amazingly above the rest, almost super-human. Here at Words of Life Ministries we have two superheroes who have worked tirelessly for 80 kids in Kracheh Province. Dan Groves and Heidi Petersen. Dan and Heidi have spent the last three years living with 80 kids.
David is a guy who has every excuse in the world to just take it easy. Few of us have had the difficulties in life that David has. Few of us can barely imagine how hard life has been for David. Yet David knows who he is in Christ and he is grateful for the life that Jesus has given him. He devotes all of his effort and work for the purposes of the Kingdom of God.
In Cambodia everyone knows the name Duch. He was the warden of the Khmer Rouge prison called S-21. From 1975 to 1979 Toul Sleng held 20,000 prisoners. All of them, except 7, were tortured to death. As a believer in Jesus, he is using his final days to share the message of forgiveness and love. He is an unlikely witness.